Mid-Columbia Children’s Council Tygh Valley site (a Head Start program) is situated in a rural part of Oregon, southeast of the Columbia Gorge area. It has a population size under 1,000 and MCCC is the only preschool option for families. This small town is home to mostly white families of whom 25% fall below the poverty line.
Before the pandemic hit, the children at Tygh Valley spent the majority of their time inside the classroom, which is located in the heart of the town community center. In September 2020, that changed.